Craig R. Narins, M.D.

Craig R. Narins, M.D., is Assistant Professor of Medicine in Cardiology with subspecialty interests in Interventional Cardiology and in the management of peripheral vascular disease. Dr. Narins completed an interventional fellowship at The Cleveland Clinic in 1998. He joined the Cardiology Unit faculty in May, 2001 after spending 3 years at The New Mexico Heart Institute in Albuquerque, NM. He performs diagnostic and interventional procedures in the catheterization laboratory, and serves as attending physician in the coronary care unit.

Dr. Narins’ clinical interests relate to diagnostic and interventional cardiac procedures, and peripheral vascular angiography and intervention. Specific procedures include diagnostic coronary angiography, and the gamut of interventional procedures including balloon angioplasty and coronary stenting, directional and rotational atherectomy, rheolytic thrombectomy, intravascular ultrasound and pressure wire studies. Dr. Narins also performs peripheral angiography and interventions including lower extremity (iliac, superficial femoral artery, etc) angioplasty and stenting, renal artery stenting, and carotid artery stenting. He is a clinical investigator in several catheterization lab-based trials of coronary and carotid intervention.

Dr. Narins’ research interests include:

  • Role of inflammation in coronary and peripheral arterial disease
  • Platelet function
  • Anticoagulation and antiplatelet therapies during coronary intervention
  • Carotid artery stent implantation

Education / Certification

M.D., SUNY at Buffalo – 1990
Resident, Duke University Medical Center – 1990-1993
Cardiology Fellow, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry – 1993-1996
Interventional Cardiology Fellow, Cleveland Clinic – 1996-1998

Research and Professional Experience

Interventional/Clinical Cardiologist, New Mexico Heart Institute – 1998-2001
Assistant Professor Medicine/Cardiology, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry – 2001-Present


  • Narins CR, Topol EJ. In-Stent Restenosis. Textbook of Interventional Cardiology, 4th edition. EJ Topol editor; WB Saunders Co., 2002. (in press)
  • Narins CRHeparin Therapy: How Much During Percutaneous Coronary Intervention. Strategic Approaches in Coronary Intervention, 2nd ed. SG Ellis & DR Holmes, Jr. ed. Williams & Wilkins, 2000.
  • Narins CR, Topol EJ. Percutaneous Myocardial Revascularization and Angiogenesis. Textbook of Interventional Cardiology, 3rd edition. EJ Topol editor (Chapter 35); WB Saunders Co., 1999.
  • Narins CR, Miller DP, Califf RM, Topol EJ. The relationship between periprocedural myocardial infarction and subsequent target vessel revascularization following percutaneous coronary revascularization: insights from the EPIC trial. Journal of the American College of Cardiology 1999;33:647-53.
  • Narins CR. Update on heparin anticoagulation during coronary intervention. Current Interventional Cardiology Reports. 1999.
  • Narins CR, Ellis SG. Prevention of In-Stent Restenosis. Semin Interventional Cardiology 1999;3:91-103.
  • Narins CR, Holmes, Jr DR, Topol EJ. A Call for Provisional Stenting: The Balloon is Back. Circulation 1998;97:1298-1305.
  • Narins CR, Topol EJ. Attention Shifts to White Clot. Lancet 1997;350(suppl III):2.
  • Ellis SG, Narins CRThe Problem of Angioplasty in Diabetics. Circulation; 1997;96:1707-10.
  • Narins CR, Topol EJ. Restenosis: Narrowing in on the Cause and Cure. Dialogues in Cardiovascular Medicine 1997;2:115-139.
  • Narins CR, Zareba W, Moss AJ, Goldstein R, Hall WJ. Clinical Aspects of Silent and Symptomatic Exercise-Induced Myocardial Ischemia After Recovery From an Acute Cardiac Event. Journal of the American College of Cardiology 1997; 29:756-63.
  • Narins CR, Hillegass WB, Nelson CL, Tcheng JE, Harrington RA, Phillips HR, Stack RE, Califf RM. The Relationship Between Activated Clotting Time During Angioplasty and Abrupt Closure. Circulation 1996;93:667-671.


Dr. Craig Narins
Paul N. Yu Heart Center
Strong Memorial Hospital
601 Elmwood Ave
Ambulatory Center – Ground Floor
Rochester, NY 14642
Phone: 585-275-2475

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